Benue killings: Police IG, force PPRO must go, group insists

Fayose Ortom in warm embrace

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayo Fayose, for visiting Benue state and extending assistance to victims of the recent violent attacks and other internally displaced persons in the state.

Ortom was a chieftain of the PDP until December, 2014, when he left to join the present ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) where he secured the governorship ticket to win the 2015 election as the duly elected governor of Benue State.

"A political group, Benue Arise Network (BAN) are insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari must sack the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood for incompetence to contain the security in the state and for calling Governor Samuel Ortom as a drowning man". Prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the victims by the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola.

"We recall that beyond highly politicised, self-serving and half-hearted visits to Omoku recently, Gov. Nyesom Wike has completely ignored killings in various parts of Rivers State especially in the local government area of his PDP national chairman - Andoni". Wike, who donated N200 million to persons affected by the crisis, also visited the grave of the victims.

In his remarks, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said that 100,000 persons have been displaced by the invasion of Fulani herdsmen. He said the people of Benue State will continue to seek for justice until the leaders of Miyetti Cattle Breeders are arrested.

" Nobody can take such powers away from you, they are constitutional; stand by your law, the law is for your state and not for the federal government". "The law must not be compromised or aborted".

Ortom welcomes Fayose to Makurdi
Ortom welcomes Fayose to Makurdi

"I charge the federal government to stop ruling Nigeria with a double standard".

Ologbondiyan however said that it was disheartening that the Presidency was yet to visit Benue, adding that APC Governors only visited, after much entreaties.

He said as a sitting governor, which ever political party the governor was considering joining, would still give him the right of first refusal in his bid to contest.

In his response, Ortom regretted that the authorities did not heed the warning from Benue, saying if they did, the 73 souls and others would not have died.

While we are disturbed over these unfortunate state of happenings in the country which requires patriotic, matured, informed and responsible actions, we however disagree with the display of infantilism to a serious issue of national security by the honourable members of the house of Representatives.

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